New Texas meningitis case as national death toll rises

Tainted medication

Credit: WFAA

A pharmacy in Massachusetts sent tainted steroid medication to clinics in 23 states, including Texas.

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM

A 13th person has died in Tennessee in the deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis that has sickened more than 400 people around the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the new death in Tennessee on its website Monday. The number of fungal meningitis deaths is now up to 30 nationwide, with 419 reported cases, including a newly diagnosed patient in North Texas.

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported the patient received an injection of a contaminated steroid manufactured by a Massachusetts pharmacy. The injection is believed to have been administered at Dallas Back Pain Management, one of two area facilities which obtained medications from New England Compounding Center.

Since the outbreak was discovered, the operations of the New England Compounding Center have been suspended and all its medicine recalled.

Meningitis is a swelling of the lining of the spinal cord and brain, and nearly all of those sickened received the injections for back pain.

WFAA and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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